Macarons are a sophisticated and feather-light French dessert that comes in a variety of flavors. These light meringue cookies have a crunchy exterior and a soft interior. Macarons are often filled with ganache, buttercream, jams, and matured for 24 hours, allowing flavors to develop in the shells. Once you’ve done the hard work, it is important to store the cookies in the best way possible to increase their shelf life and prolong their flavor and texture.
Here are some easy ways to store your macarons and keep them fresh for a longer period:
Before we tell you about the options available to store the macarons, let us learn about some common problems that people face during the storage process:
Absorb moisture: If stored at room temperature, macarons will absorb any moisture they come in contact with.
Stick to the surface: If the storage container has some moisture, the macarons will stick to the surface.
Stick to wax paper: Using wax paper instead of parchment paper will lead to shells sticking to them.
Overfilling: If you overfill macarons, the filling can spill out and stick to the shells.
#1 Refrigerating macarons
Refrigerate the fully assembled macaron
To keep the fully assembled macarons fresh for at least 2-4 days and store them in a refrigerator.
Refrigerate the shells only
Refrigerating the macaron shells will keep them fresh for 4-6 days. You can decorate, assemble and serve before this date is up. Depending on the filling, they can stay fresh for another 2-4 days.
Storing numerous macarons requires you to store them side-by-side in a single layer. They can touch each other but should not overlap. For multiple layers, store them on top of the parchment paper. Inside the fridge, remember to store them in a place with a steady temperature. It is usually the middle shelf. After a week of storage, you may see some decline in the quality of refrigerated macarons. Because of their short shelf life, macarons aren’t exactly the ideal dessert for a garden party.
#2 Use an airtight container
Use plastic or glass airtight containers to store them and make sure that they are clean and dry. Airtight containers are also helpful in transporting macarons because they keep the moisture out. You can use paper towels to wrap each macaron to cushion any bumps that may crack the shells.
#3 Freeze macarons
If you are looking to extend the shelf life of macarons, consider freezing them. When stored in the freezer, macarons will hold their texture and flavor for at least 3 to 4 months. Before freezing your macarons, pack them securely to prevent freezer burn. Use 2-3 layers of parchment paper and store them inside an airtight plastic container. To avoid fluctuating temperatures, place the container near the back of the freezer. The delicate texture of macarons means that they can be easily freezer burned. Before serving them, defrost them fully for about half an hour. If you are using only a few cookies, take out the desired number and then quickly put the container back in the fridge or freezer.
About Macaron Queen
We make dozens of delectable macaron flavors, including red velvet, key lime, champagne, and french raspberry. Our macarons are often said to taste better than the originals from France. What started as a personal passion for making delectable, edible treasures for close friends and family quickly became a fast-growing business. We now make these treats for private parties, celebrities, fashion spreads, music videos, and movie sets.